A Passion for Community Service

The family law attorneys at Ward Potter LLC, share a passion for community service. Each attorney spends time outside of the office serving individuals and organizations in and around the Wichita community. Previous community service projects include leading a mentorship project with Hamilton Middle School. In 2012, Ward Potter (previously Ward Law Offices, LLC), was honored with the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education Good Apple Award for excellence in service to students. In addition to their collective community service work, each attorney at Ward Potter serves in various ways individually in Wichita and across Kansas.
Below is a sampling of some of the organizations our attorneys and staff work with to improve our community and help the people in our community in need of not only legal services but help in other areas of life.

Junior League of Wichita

Lynn Ward is not only the Managing Partner of Ward Potter LLC. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Wichita. Lynn and the staff of Ward Potter were pleased to support the Junior League of Wichita in their fight against child abuse by supporting the Junior League of Wichita’s 16th Annual Holiday Galleria, a shopping experience for the whole family October 3-6, 2019 at Century II in downtown Wichita.

The 3rd Annual Show Pride in Your Ride Car Show was an unforgettable evening! With the support of our guests and donors we raised over $2400 for OK Elementary School and Black Traditional Elementary! Special thanks to the following businesses who donated wonderful items for the raffle or provided support of our event: Hereford House, Plastic Surgery Center, Hall’s Culligan, South Central Kansas Mustang Club, Joe’s Car Wash, USD 259, Big Tool Store, and Janet Evans.

On Friday, March 29th Ward Potter LLC and the Wichita Thunder joined forces to support the Guadalupe Clinic at Intrust Bank Arena.

The 2018 Show Pride in Your Ride event was held on Friday, September 7. All proceeds from the 2018 event benefited Pando. The Pando Initiative has been successfully connecting with more than 200,000 students in area schools since 1990. Their core model focuses on individual students who are struggling with school and life. They position a dedicated staff member inside partner schools in Wichita, Derby and Haysville public schools.

On September 15, 2017 Ward Law Offices hosted the first annual Show Pride In Your Ride car show. Show Pride In Your Ride was an informal, non-judged car show for friends, neighbors and colleagues of Ward Law Offices, LLC. During the event, Ward Law partnered with officials from United Methodist Open Door who held a raffle. Car Show attendees were able to purchase tickets for a chance to win a Richard Petty Driving Experience at Kansas Speedway. All proceeds from the evening’s raffle benefited Open Door. The focus of Open Door is to meet the basic needs of people in poverty. Their Homeless Resource Center, at 402 E. 2nd Street, is a daytime assistance center for the homeless, where individuals receive case management, a daily meal, access to showers, laundry and storage facilities, and mail service.

Passion Projects – Two Lives at a Time & The Refugee/Immigrant Outreach Team

Lynn Ward, Board of Directors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Stephen Blaylock, fellow of the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers present a check to Laura Roddy, President of Junior League of Wichita; and Jessica Williams, Junior League of Wichita grant writing  chair. Ward was presenting to Roddy a check for $5000 from the AAML Foundation for the JLW Two Lives at a Time project. The Junior League of Wichita and the Wichita Children’s Home will help teen moms develop crucial life skills, including how to build healthy relationships and effective parenting practices.

The Family Law Blog Series Part 2: Picking a Lawyer


Picking a lawyer is like picking a watermelon: most watermelons look the same, most sound similar, but until you cut into one you never know if you have a good one. Not that you should cut into a lawyer. We tend not to like it when that happens.

What I mean is that until you actually spend some time talking with a lawyer you will not be able to determine if they are the right lawyer for your case. The issue is how do you get past the appearance and sound and to the heart.

The internet is a good tool for many reasons, but it can be a hinderance as well, especially when you are looking for something. Most lawyers have websites and online reviews, and that information can be helpful. But it is important to remember that whoever provided the review did not have your case. It may be similar, but in the end every case is unique.

Additionally, we often receive referrals from a family member, other lawyers, former clients, and even from the other side of a case from the past (those do make us feel good). But even if the person making the referral has the best intentions, the specifics of your case may not be the best fit for the lawyer you are considering. The only way to tell if the lawyer is a good fit for your case is to talk to them. There are five main points you should consider in picking a lawyer. To save some time, and hopefully some frustration, consider the following:

  1. Field of Practice: Being a lawyer in 2020 is much different than when I started in 1995. Like almost every other job, the practice of law is mostly specialized. Some lawyers still have a general practice, but more and more lawyers are focusing on an area of the law. Some of that focus is due to the lawyer’s preference, some is due to caseload, but it is mostly due to the changes in the law and how much more complicated it has become. For me, specializing makes me a better lawyer. I am better able to address the unique issues that each client presents. Chances are a lawyer that specializes in family law will be best suited to help with that type of case.
  2. Experience: Having experience can be both positive and negative. Usually experience means the lawyer has been doing this for some time and has (hopefully) learned what to do and what not to do. At the same time, practicing law the same way over time can cause a lawyer to be complacent and not recognize there may be a better way to build a mouse trap. Conversely, a lawyer with less experience may be able and energetic but knowing the theory of the law is not the same thing as putting that theory into practice. When considering which lawyer best suits your case, consider not only the lawyer’s age and experience, but whether they have kept up with changes in the law, recent court opinions, and the advances in technology.
  3. Philosophy: A lawyer’s attitude toward what they do is just as important as how they do it. Practicing law requires motivation, and an appreciation for the practice. If the lawyer has that appreciation, then they are more likely to do a good job representing you. Dealing with a family law case is stressful for the client, but it is also stressful for the lawyer. Practicing in this area can be very demanding, and I personally believe it is one of the harder areas because it requires attention to several different issues (children, property, support, etc.), and flexibility to the changes that inevitably come with each case. When considering a lawyer, make sure she/he wants to do what they are doing. Don’t worry; you should be able to tell if they like their job just by talking to them.
  4. Practice: How the sausage is made is just as important as the sausage itself. It is important to know the administrative side of how the lawyer functions. Does the lawyer communicate best by email, phone or in person? Does that work with your preferences? What is the timeline the lawyer thinks she/he will be able to work on your case? Does that work with your schedule? Who does the lawyer utilize for staff, and how will they be involved in your case? There is no right way to answer any of these questions because, again, it comes down to your case and your preference. But when you first speak to the lawyer, the answers to these questions are just as important as the facts of your case. Remember: process, process, process.
  5. Personality: I saved personality for last because it is the most important. And, contrary to what you may have heard, lawyers do have personalities! Granted, the personality may seem negative, or hard to see, but usually a negative view of a lawyer stems from the circumstances in which you had contact with the lawyer. I say usually because some lawyers can be challenging. Being able to relate to the client is sometimes difficult for lawyers, and in turn it can be difficult for clients. Some personalities do not mesh, and you should be able to tell if that is the case early in your first contact with the lawyer. If it appears you and the lawyer will clash, then it is best to find someone else to handle your case. Remember, you will be dealing with the lawyer for a considerable amount of time, and most of that time will be stressful. Having someone you can relate to, communicate with, and understand will be the most important part of your choice.

Choosing your lawyer is a very personal issue, and it should be. For family law cases this may be the most personal thing you do in your life. Making sure the lawyer you choose to help you through that process is essential. The best suggestions I can make are these:

  • Do your homework and research the lawyer as much as you can.
  • Meet with the lawyer and discuss your case, and their ideas about your case.
  • Trust your instincts.

If after reading this you feel like contacting me, even to tell me I am wrong, please do.


Tony A. Potter is a Member of Ward Potter LLC, where he uses his experiences in general civil, trial, and appellate practice to represent clients. Tony received his Juris Doctorate from Washburn School of Law in 1994 and has been continually licensed to practice law in Kansas since 1995. Tony is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Wichita Bar Association, the Northwest Kansas Bar Association, and Chair of the Wichita Bar Association Family Law Committee. His commitment to his clients was also recognized in 2018 when he was acknowledged as a “AV” attorney, peer rated for high professional achievement by Martindale-Hubbell, and he enjoys a 10.0 rating from the Avvo attorney website. Contact Tony

Ward Potter LLC is a family law firm located in Wichita, Kansas. Ward Potter handles divorce, child custody, parenting time, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, visitation by grandparents, and paternity cases. The firm also provides litigation alternatives such as collaborative family law, mediation and arbitration. The mission of Ward Potter LLC is to guide clients through changes in their families with empathy, excellence and expertise. We strive to calm chaos and focus on the resolution, not the battle.

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A Passion for Community Service

The family law attorneys at Ward Potter LLC, share a passion for community service. Each attorney spends time outside of the office serving individuals and organizations in and around the Wichita community. Previous community service projects include leading a mentorship project with Hamilton Middle School. In 2012, Ward Potter (previously Ward Law Offices, LLC), was honored with the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education Good Apple Award for excellence in service to students. In addition to their collective community service work, each attorney at Ward Potter serves in various ways individually in Wichita and across Kansas.
Below is a sampling of some of the organizations our attorneys and staff work with to improve our community and help the people in our community in need of not only legal services but help in other areas of life.

Junior League of Wichita

Lynn Ward is not only the Managing Partner of Ward Potter LLC. She is a Past President of the Junior League of Wichita. Lynn and the staff of Ward Potter were pleased to support the Junior League of Wichita in their fight against child abuse by supporting the Junior League of Wichita’s 16th Annual Holiday Galleria, a shopping experience for the whole family October 3-6, 2019 at Century II in downtown Wichita.

The 3rd Annual Show Pride in Your Ride Car Show was an unforgettable evening! With the support of our guests and donors we raised over $2400 for OK Elementary School and Black Traditional Elementary! Special thanks to the following businesses who donated wonderful items for the raffle or provided support of our event: Hereford House, Plastic Surgery Center, Hall’s Culligan, South Central Kansas Mustang Club, Joe’s Car Wash, USD 259, Big Tool Store, and Janet Evans.

On Friday, March 29th Ward Potter LLC and the Wichita Thunder joined forces to support the Guadalupe Clinic at Intrust Bank Arena.

The 2018 Show Pride in Your Ride event was held on Friday, September 7. All proceeds from the 2018 event benefited Pando. The Pando Initiative has been successfully connecting with more than 200,000 students in area schools since 1990. Their core model focuses on individual students who are struggling with school and life. They position a dedicated staff member inside partner schools in Wichita, Derby and Haysville public schools.

On September 15, 2017 Ward Law Offices hosted the first annual Show Pride In Your Ride car show. Show Pride In Your Ride was an informal, non-judged car show for friends, neighbors and colleagues of Ward Law Offices, LLC. During the event, Ward Law partnered with officials from United Methodist Open Door who held a raffle. Car Show attendees were able to purchase tickets for a chance to win a Richard Petty Driving Experience at Kansas Speedway. All proceeds from the evening’s raffle benefited Open Door. The focus of Open Door is to meet the basic needs of people in poverty. Their Homeless Resource Center, at 402 E. 2nd Street, is a daytime assistance center for the homeless, where individuals receive case management, a daily meal, access to showers, laundry and storage facilities, and mail service.

Passion Projects – Two Lives at a Time & The Refugee/Immigrant Outreach Team

Lynn Ward, Board of Directors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Stephen Blaylock, fellow of the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers present a check to Laura Roddy, President of Junior League of Wichita; and Jessica Williams, Junior League of Wichita grant writing  chair. Ward was presenting to Roddy a check for $5000 from the AAML Foundation for the JLW Two Lives at a Time project. The Junior League of Wichita and the Wichita Children’s Home will help teen moms develop crucial life skills, including how to build healthy relationships and effective parenting practices.

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